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The day I conquered The 3 Dune Challenge

Posted on Thursday, July 17th, 2014 in Activities, Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail, Indiana Dunes, Nature, News, Recreation

The day I conquered The 3 Dune Challenge

I had to complete The 3 Dune Challenge. My job depended on it. I would be in big trouble if I couldn’t tackle the 1.5 mile course at Indiana Dunes State Park, climbing Mount Jackson (elevation 176 feet), Mount Holden (184 feet), and Mount Tom (192 feet). These are the three highest sand dunes in … Continued

Do you think you can handle The 3 Dune Challenge?

Posted on Friday, June 13th, 2014 in Activities, Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail, Indiana Dunes, News

Do you think you can handle The 3 Dune Challenge?

Are you looking for a new challenge? Do you have what it takes to climb the three highest sand dunes in Indiana? If so, The 3 Dune Challenge is for you. To complete The 3 Dune Challenge, a person must run or hike a special 1.5 mile course at Indiana Dunes State Park, climbing Mount … Continued

Music, and more music!

Posted on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 in Activities, Events, News, Uncategorized

There are some awesome concerts planned for later this week and this summer that we are excited to tell you about. But first, Valparaiso was fortunate to have the U.S. Air Force Concert Band and the Singing Sergeants in town on Monday. Indiana Dunes Tourism met a busload of musicians in downtown during the afternoon, providing … Continued

Indiana Dunes State Park plans fun events in April

Posted on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 in Activities, Events, Uncategorized

Indiana Dunes State Park plans fun events in April

Spring is here!  It may not feel like it completely, but Indiana Dunes State Park invites people to step away from their busy schedules to enjoy great events in the Indiana Dunes. Here’s a glimpse of some of the upcoming events: – On Saturday, April 5, meet at the main park entrance parking lot for … Continued

Ideas for spring break – and the upcoming summer

Posted on Thursday, March 27th, 2014 in Activities, Dining, News, Uncategorized

Ideas for spring break – and the upcoming summer

By Ken Kosky Looking for spring break fun or want to get a head start on ideas for summer fun? There’s plenty to do at the Indiana Dunes and the surrounding communities – like Chesterton, Portage and Valparaiso. Kids can become Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Junior Rangers by stopping by the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, located … Continued

Birding webpage launched to make birdwatching more rewarding in Indiana Dunes Country

Posted on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 in Activities, News

Birding webpage launched to make birdwatching more rewarding in Indiana Dunes Country

By Ken Kosky The Indiana Dunes region is one of the best spots in the Midwest for birdwatching, and spring is the time of year when birders are rewarded with the biggest variety and quantity of birds. To kick off the peak spring birding season, Indiana Dunes Tourism has launched a special birding webpage which features a … Continued

Last chance to attend shelf ice viewing and guess when the snow mound will melt

Posted on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 in Activities, Events

Last chance to attend shelf ice viewing and guess when the snow mound will melt

There’s still time to view the beautiful shelf ice along Lake Michigan at Indiana Dunes State Park. It’s a chance to see an Arctic environment without having to leave the area. People are invited to walk along the shore and view the shelf ice for themselves (just don’t walk on the shelf ice because it’s … Continued

Official 2014 Porter County Activities Guide available

Posted on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 in Activities, Dining, Events, News, Shopping

Official 2014 Porter County Activities Guide available

   By Ken Kosky The official 2014 Indiana Dunes Country Activities Guide, which is a comprehensive guide to Porter County’s attractions, restaurants, accommodations and more, is now available. The free guide, produced by Indiana Dunes Tourism, the official tourism bureau of Porter County, is being distributed to potential visitors in an effort to get them … Continued

New video shows danger and beauty of Lake Michigan shelf ice; people can see it for themselves at events on Indiana Dunes State Park pavilion rooftop

Posted on Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 in Activities, News, Uncategorized

New video shows danger and beauty of Lake Michigan shelf ice; people can see it for themselves at events on Indiana Dunes State Park pavilion rooftop

A group stands on the shore, a safe distance from the shelf ice. By Ken Kosky Shelf ice is a cold-weather phenomenon that occurs when cold temperatures freeze small areas of an open lake, forming float ice. This ice will build up over time and be pushed to shore by waves, eventually accumulating on top … Continued

Plenty of fun events in Indiana Dunes Country

Posted on Thursday, January 9th, 2014 in Activities, Events, News

Plenty of fun events in Indiana Dunes Country

Even in the winter, there are still plenty of fun outdoor activities in Indiana Dunes Country. At Indiana Dunes State Park in Chesterton, adventure seekers can find their thrill sledding nearly 100 feet down Devil’s Slide, and nature enthusiasts can enjoy 16 miles of snow-laden trails that are perfect for hiking, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. … Continued

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